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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Renowned Paper boy celebrates 80

April 11, 2024
Editor’s Note: This profile has been in the works for a number of years; we realized that in all the years of Dusty and the Beacon, we had not spotlighted him, and thought his 80th would be the pe…

Not an RFK visit, just a bus

April 11, 2024
An RFK supporter came through town last Thursday, playing the famous campaign theme from 1968. It did not have Robert F. Kennedy on it; he happened to be in Boca Raton at the exact same moment.  …

Why Placida matters to Gasparilla Island

April 11, 2024
This week, we have a story on the sale of Eldred’s (pictured here). Of course, we all know it needs a new custodian. Its current, old Florida, charming and useful state, cannot survive when the pr…

Get Fire Department hurricane passes before you head north

April 4, 2024
Hurricane passes allow island residents and business owners to get back into Boca Grande after a major storm or evacuation event. Property owners and commercial businesses can obtain reentry passe…

Charlotte County Parks tour highlights repairs, upgrades

April 4, 2024
The Charlotte County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board replaced their regular meeting with a tour of a few of the west county parks on Tuesday, April 2.   “People have lived here for yea…

Irvine slices a silver medal in Turkey tennis tournament

April 4, 2024
Hank Irvine has recently returned home from the International Tennis Federation’s World Masters Team Tennis Championship with a silver medal. He plays as a member of the Zimbabwe team, which came …

We value those 4-Digit Phone Book ‘social calls’

April 4, 2024
We appreciate the many personal visits from residents coming by to pick up their 4-Digit Phone Book. We have a standard ritual for it, namely we check to see if the listing is correct, we give eac…

Jazz trumpeter Benny Benack here April 8

March 28, 2024
New York based Emmy-nominated trumpeter and singer Benny Benack III will to perform at the Friends of Boca Grande – All That Jazz concert series Monday, April 8. By age 33, Benny Benack III…

Sheriff’s office offers bicycle safety advice 

March 28, 2024
COURTESY LEE COUNTY SHERIFF PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE It’s the height of tourist season in Florida and our beautiful spring weather lends itself to outdoor activities like bicycle riding along …

Hertz drives superstar Englewood soccer team 

March 28, 2024
The West Coast Chaos, the under-12 boys competitive soccer team from Englewood, has won a major Florida tournament for the third consecutive year.  Head coach Mark Hertz, who also coaches the b…